Art Loeb Trail
The 30-mile trail connects the Davidson River Campground in Brevard to Shining Rock Wilderness and Camp Daniel Boone. Hikers climb to the top of Pilot Mountain and its awe-inspiring views, and continue trekking up to the Blue Ridge Parkway. From the Parkway, the trail ascends to the summit of Black Balsam Knob, a grassy bald with 360-degree views. After passing over three more balds, the trail enters the Shining Rock Wilderness, eventually reaching the quartzite cliffs on Shining Rock’s summit. At Deep Gap, a spur trail on your right leads to the summit of Cold Mountain, made famous by the bestselling book and blockbuster movie. The final four miles descend to Camp Daniel Boone Boy Scout Camp. Other than the section through Shining Rock Wilderness, the Art Loeb Trail corridor is not protected.